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Welcome to the Friends of Stocker's Lake Website

This website is owned and maintained by Friends of Stocker’s Lake (FoSL), a registered charity. FoSL exists to :

  1. - conserve, safeguard and enhance Stocker's Lake as a Local Nature Reserve
  2. - help and extend the scope of the work of the warden at Stocker's Lake
  3. - foster public support for and appreciation of Stocker's Lake as a local nature reserve.

Stocker's Lake, near Rickmansworth just inside the M25, is bordered on one side by the river Colne and on the other by the Grand Union canal. It is a place of great beauty and it supports a huge variety of wildlife, especially birds, particularly winter wildfowl. It is owned by Affinity Water and managed by Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, actively supported by local people who are the Friends of Stocker’s Lake.

Within this website you will find details of organised walks and other events on the reserve, news of interesting recent sightings of birds, details of how to join FoSL for a mere £5 per year, and much more.

02
Sep
Work Party - 02 09 18

10am to 12:30pm: Meet by Stocker's House. If you plan to come it would be helpful if you could let Emma Brading know please on 07428 790460.

09
Sep
Recruitment Drive - 09 09 18

At the Fishermen's car park end of the reserve. Details nearer the time. Let This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. know if you are available to help.

07
Oct
Work Party - 07 10 18

10am to 12:30pm: Meet by Stocker's House. If you plan to come it would be helpful if you could let Emma Brading know please on 07428 790460.

04
Nov
Work Party - 04 11 18

10am to 12:30pm: Meet by Stocker's House. If you plan to come it would be helpful if you could let Emma Brading know please on 07428 790460.

02
Dec
Work Party - 02 12 18

10am to 12:30pm: Meet by Stocker's House. If you plan to come it would be helpful if you could let Emma Brading know please on 07428 790460.

06
Jan
Work Party - 06 01 19

10am to 12:30pm: Meet by Stocker's House. If you plan to come it would be helpful if you could let Emma Brading know please on 07428 790460.

All events ...


With our apologies, our two events scheduled for this August, namely a work party on Sunday 5th and a Butterfly and Dragonfly Walk on  Sunday 12th, have both had to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

August 2018


Great News. FoSL (through The Colne Valley Landscape Partnership) has just secured funding of approximately £13000 from the National Lottery Funding to part pay for fencing on the cattle meadows between Stocker's and The River Colne.

Our monthly (except in summer) Sunday morning work parties on the reserve continue to flourish. Numbers joining these have been up over the last few months and this has allowed more essential work to be done.

We are delighted that some activity has been observed through our new offshore camera. Very obligingly herons seem possibly to be about to take up occupancy of a nest on which our camera is focussed. Read this whole article for a sample picture and for an overall update on this project.

Our wildlife camera project is taking shape. A camera has now been successfully installed offshore and the first pictures have been generated. Work on the onshore component of the installation is now underway and soon we hope to be able to advise how you might view the live pictures. Watch this space!

Recent Sightings

28th - Kingfisher

22nd - Kingfisher

29th - 2 Kingfisher, 2 Common Tern

24th - 31 Little Egret, 7 Common Tern, 3 Oystercatcher

18th - 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Kingfisher

12th - 2 Red-Crested Pochard, 2 Egyptian Goose

26th - 2 Kingfisher (on Colne River)

19th - Great White Egret (seen in the heronry from the heronry watchpoint)

15th - 2 Kingfisher (on Colne River), 4 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Common Tern

3rd - Cuckoo (heard, Colne side), Oystercatcher, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Egyptian Goose, 3 Reed Warbler (singing males), 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat

1st - 2 Hobby (displaying), Red-crested Pochard (male), 4 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Common Tern, 5 Sedge Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Whitethroat 

Previous sightings and reports ...